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archivist , historian , bank executive

Harold Paul Anderson, American historian, archivist, bank executive. Board directors National Council Public History, 1981—1983; Member of Society of America Archivists, Organization American Historians, American History Association.


Anderson was born in Pasadena, California and as a young man served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Japan.


S.Harold P. and Mary Ann A. Bachelor of Arts, Villanova U., 1968. Master of Arts, Ohio State University, 1969, Doctor of Philosophy., 1978.

Teaching and research fellow Stanford University, 1973-1975. Archives and library specialist Hoover Institution, Stanford, California, 1975-1977. Assistant archivist department history Wells Fargo Bank (National Association), SanFrancisco, 1977-1979, public relations officer and corporation archivist department.history, 1979, assistant vice-president and corporation archivist department history, since 1979, vice president department history, since 1984.

Vice-president and division manager, corporation marketing and advisory, 1992^. Vice president, division manager Wells Fargo Brand Management, 1994^. Lectr.Stanford U., 1981.

Board directors National Council on Public History, 1981-1983.


He was an architect in Pasadena, California and received his license in 1976. Anderson married the historian Lavina Fielding in 1977. They lived in Salt Lake City, Utah and had one son, Christian, who was born in 1980.

During the 1993 conflict between some intellectuals and LDS leadership (in which Lavina was excommunicated), Paul publicly called for peace and reconciliation between the parties. He helped in the planning of the Museum of Church History and Art, which opened in 1984, and later in designing its exhibits. He helped launch the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in 1992 and since then has served as head of design and curator.

Anderson was heavily involved with the work of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc. He served as MHA president from 2007 to 2008. Anderson also has a strong musical interest. For several years he sang in the Utah Symphony Chorus.

He has written the text of four hymns in the 1985 LDS hymnbook: #139 "In Fasting We Approach Thee", #148 "Sabbath Day", #291 "Turn Your Hearts", and #311 "We Meet Again as Sisters".


In 1973, Anderson received a fellowship from the LDS Church's Historical Department to study historical Mormon architecture, which led to a position restoring the church's historic buildings. Anderson has been a longtime member of the Mormon History Association (MHA), and planned its 1987 conference in England, for which he was awarded a Special Citation from the MHA.


Board directors National Council Public History, 1981—1983. Member of Society of America Archivists, Organization American Historians, American History Association.


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